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Philippines Famous Festivals

Philippines Famous Festivals

IMG_5593The Philippines is an archipelago of thousand islands and each islands has its unique and distinct festivals that is so different from the others and if there’s one thing that is similar- Smile- that is truly Filipino. A smile that is warm and very welcoming to the visitors may it be locales or foreigners.

Like I said, the Philippines has a year round of festivals. I will take you to some of the Famous festivals that are known not only here but internationally because of its colorful outfits and grand floats.

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IMG_5581First stop is the Sinulog Festival which is celebrated on the third Sunday of January at the Queen City of the South Cebu City. It is a celebration in honour of Baby Jesus or the Santo Nino. This is considered to be the most popular among the religious celebrations in the country. This festival alone attracts millions of visitors in Cebu City. The main highlights of the festival is the grand street parade where the participants wear a bright multi colored outfits / costumes dancing for hours never minding the heat of the sun and even the spectators or guests can dance along with them in the beat of the drums and gongs. A festival like no other so come and witness how Filipinos accepts Christianity wholeheartedly.

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Photos credit to the owner
Photos credit to the owner

Next is the Panagbenga Festival also known as Flower Festival that took place in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. It is a celebration during the month of February actually a month long flower festival celebration. It is a way for Baguio City to rise up after a devastating earthquake that hits the city in the 90’s and to pay tribute to the city’s flower that is blossoming during this month. During this festival the streets of Baguio is busy with flower- inspired floats that are beautifully design and street dancers clad with flower inspired costumes dancing in an Ibaloi inspired dance celebration called Bendian that originally came from the Cordillera Region. The festival also attracts millions of tourists and yearly the numbers of tourist increases.

IMG_5583Another festival is the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon. The festival took place every 15th of May by the people of Lucban in honor of San Isidro Labrador. This is the way for its people to thanked the Saint for the bountiful harvest every year with each houses are decorated beautifully with rice flowers, vegetables and some handicrafts. The best part of the festival is the procession in the streets of the town with the image of San Isidro Labrador. Another thing that is unique in this festival is that during the procession there are two giant paper mache figures of a farmer and his wife then followed by the Patron Saint. To culminate the festival the people here are generously shares food to every one and the children to show how bountiful this year to them.

Photos credit to the owner
Photos credit to the owner

IMG_5591Kadayawan Festival is another festival that is equally grand with those mentioned above. This fest is celebrated during the month of August particularly third week in Davao City. Madayaw where it’s name derived which means good and beautiful from Dabawenyo word ” dayaw”. It is also a thanksgiving celebration for a bountiful harvest, serenity of living and the gifts of nature in short a celebration of life. A street parade is also one of the best parts of the festival where dancers dressed in colorful and unique costumes and props danced to the beat of an ethnic inspired music.

These are just few of the best and famous festivals in the country. Come and visit our beautiful country the Philippines and experience a celebration of Life the Filipino way. It’s really more fun in the Philippines.

How the Japanese Celebrates Christmas

How the Japanese Celebrates Christmas

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Filled with decors and lights in every corner, Japan is also one of the best places to celebrate Christmas.

Different from other Western countries, Christmas in Japan is not a national holiday. In fact, it is more of a commercial event. Expect a bit of diversity when it comes to the celebration itself. Since the number of Christians in the country is relatively, low, they do not consider the event as the birth of Jesus (unlike in other western countries). There is only a little difference though. The customs and traditions taking place in the country are also similar to the celebrations of the Christian countries.

Christmas is romantic in Japan. More than the lights and decorations all through the streets, couples get into romantic mood during this day. Like Valentine’s Day, it is an occasion where men express their love for women. It is a quality time to spend with special someone. Teddy bears, flowers, rings and other jewelry items are some of the most common gifts women receive during this occasion. The Christmas celebration in Japan concentrates mainly on young people and not in family. People say that Christmas is very crucial for single women since they need to have someone to spend the Christmas Eve with. The whole night must be very special and romantic for them.

IMG_5507Unlike in the Philippines, celebrations in Japan take place on Christmas Eve and not on the actual Christmas day, which is December 25. Preparations begin several weeks before December 24 where shopping season begins from the beginning of December. Numbers of people spend their money on Christmas trees, Santa Claus item, seasonal items and other decorations. Just like in other western country, Japanese people also love to decorate their homes with evergreens and Christmas lights.

Though the celebration is mostly for couple, gift giving can still be observed during the occasion. Handling over presents to friends and family members is also quite popular in this country. Parents give presents to their children. However, unlike in other countries, children in Japan do not give presents to their parents. The reason behind this tradition is the main fact that Santa is the one who brings presents to children. Once you grow up and no longer believe in Santa, presents are no longer given. Japanese children also receive small envelopes that contain money, which they call O-toshidama. Only good children receive these envelopes though.

IMG_5509If there is turkey dinner across the North Atlantic, over 3.6 million Japanese celebrate Christmas with a Kentucky fried chicken. This tradition started back in 1970 and now, KFC Japan creates a special Christmas party in every household. The shop actually sells up to 1.5 million during the festive season. Most Japanese spend Christmas Eve queuing at KFC branches across the city.

Christmas cake is also a traditional Japanese Christmas food. However, different from UK or American fruitcake, Japanese style Christmas cake is often a white cream and not filled with fruits. It is more of a sponge cake frosted with whipped cream topped with strawberries and a chocolate plate, which says Merry Christmas.

IMG_5510Another festive food in Japan is osechi-ryori. It is a dish packed in layers of lacquer boxes, called jubako. It includes:

▪ Kobumaki – Salmon cooked in kelp served in rolls
▪ Kuromame – Simmered sweet black beans
▪ Datemaki – Sweet egg roll
▪ Kurikinton – Mashed Sweet Potato with Sweet Chestnuts
▪ Kinpira Gobo – Root vegetables that are stir-fried and glazed with soy sauce, sake, and sugar
▪ Tazukuri – Dried Sardines in a teriyaki sauce
▪ Namasu – Thinly sliced uncooked pickled vegetables and seafood – marinated in rice vinegar
Though there are differences in their celebration, the important thing is that love is everywhere during Christmas Season.

More of Dubai – An Endless Discovery of the Desert Land

More of Dubai – An Endless Discovery of the Desert Land

 

United Arab Emirates is one of the countries, which offer working opportunities. Filipinos come here to try their luck away from the Philippines. The country is rich in establishments and buildings thus requiring a big number of employees.

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Each year, locals from different countries come here to find a job and earn a living for their family. More than working opportunities, the country is also one of the visited places because of its tourist attractions. United Arab Emirates is the home of glitzy Dubai, a perfect vacation hot spot. From a plain, basic and yes boring desert, Dubai has transformed into a perfect tourist destination. It now has shopping malls complete with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes where people flock for sales bargains. Dubai is also famous for sightseeing attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building).

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Dubai does not only boast the best contemporary sightings but has also preserved some of the most intriguing historical attractions. Burj Kaliha is Dubai’s landmark building. In fact, it is the tallest in the world at 829.8 meter. Tourists usually go to the 124th floor (observation deck) of the building as for them it is must-do while in the city. Visitors say that the view across the city skyline is simply astounding.This experience includes a multi-media presentation on both Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa. At the ground of the building are beautifully designed gardens. There are also plenty of water features, which include Dubai Fountain.

Dubai museum is also a must visit place. It is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort and was built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. Inside the museum, you can find dioramas and artifacts such as weapons, tomb relics and pottery pieces. All these offer a glimpse of the old life in Dubai during the earliest communities. Other exhibits include the rise of the merchant trade as well as Dubai’s maritime history. Another interesting thing to see in the museum is the central courtyard that houses traditional boats, bronze cannons and a traditional palm frond hut. To reach the Dubai Museum, you can either walk along Al Fahidi Street through the backstreets of Bastakia or make your way there from Bur Dubai Souq. The site is accessible via public bus and metro, while there is parking nearby.

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Many tourists say that your trip to Dubai will not be complete without visiting its old downtown. Bur Dubai is the oldest part of Dubai. If you do not visit the place on your trip then you have not actually been in Dubai. This historic city is located at the Dubai Creek. Bur Dubai literally means Mainland Dubai. The structures that can be found here were built less than 20 years ago. What can you find here? When you visit Bur Dubai, you can find the Ruler’s Court, The Juma Grand Mosque (tallest minaret in Dubai), Al Fahidi Fort, and the Iranian Mosque. Some people say that this place feels more of India than Dubai.

dubai dolphinarium

For underwater animal lovers, Dubai Aquarium is the perfect place to visit. You can find 140 species of sea life here inside the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of Dubai Mall. The most popular activity in Dubai Aquarium is the bottom boat tours wherein you can have a closer look at the sea life. You can also enjoy shark encounter. Cage snorkeling and shark diving activities are also available.

If you want to go shopping, then your feet will surely get tired at the city’s premier mall. Dubai mall offers a wide variety of items to choose from. Aside from shopping, it also offers different activities such as ice-skating, gaming and cinema. The shopping and eating is here is endless. There are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February is also one of the famous in the mall.

Dubai offers endless discovery from the past up to the present. Truly, Dubai is now a lively bustle of the market.

Malaysia : Truly Asia

Malaysia : Truly Asia

Malaysia a country rich in culture heritage and offers many attractions. People who visit the place can have two distinct experiences. One in the Peninsula and the other one is Borneo. Borneo is an island shared with Indonesia and Brunei. Tourists come here because of its interesting places, which include beautiful islands, luxury resort and colonials towns. Some visit the place for wild jungle, orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes.

Millions of tourists come to Malaysia every year. In fact, in 2010 almost 2 million tourists from neighboring countries such as Singapore and Indonesia visited the place. However, most of Southeast Asian visitors prefer to visit Thailand than Malaysia. It is because not many people know where to go in the country. This is also the reason why Malaysia do not seem to get attention as much as Thailand. Some travelers also say that traveling to Malaysia can be quite expensive.

So whether you are out of the country for some beach experience or planning to have a visit at the jungle, here are Malaysia’s top destination you should not miss.

1. Kuala Lumpur

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Outside Petronas Twin Towers

When you travel to Malaysia, you are most likely to stop at Kuala Lumpur (that is already a fact since it is the country’s capital). Do not worry anyway. The city has a lot to offer. Unlike other Asian cities, Kuala Lumpur is a worthwhile destination to stay on. Foods will not be a problem as well. The city has a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian influence cuisines , which means you do not need to have big adjustments.

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Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Towers (Petronas Twin Towers) is one of the main reasons why people stay in the city. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s official definition and ranking, Petronas Towers is the tallest twin towers in the world. In fact, the buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur. People who come here do not want to miss this experience. Tourists make it a point to have their very own shot at this famous landmark. Aside from Petronas Towers, other places you can visit in Kuala Lumpur are, The Perdana Lake Gardens, Menara KL Tower and the KL Center.

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Inside Petronas Twin Towers

2. Penang

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Penang Street Foods

If you fancy street foods then Penang is the best place to be. It is considered as one of the Food Capitals in Southeast Asia to sample incredible street foods of all types. One of the must try street foods here is the Char Koay Teow, a national favorite in Malaysia and Singapore. It is made from flat rice noodles or kway teow stir-fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chili, a small quantity of belachan, whole prawns, de-shelled blood cockles, bean sprouts and chopped Chinese chives. Other must try foods are Koay Teow Th’ng or Koay Teow Soup, Penang, Assam laksa, Lor bak, Penang rojak and many more.

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Penang

3. Malaysian Borneo

If you are up for a more adventurous and green journey, then you must visit Malaysian Borneo. Tourists come here to experience green rainforests and abundant wildlife. From endangered orangutans to rainforest canopy walks, you can surely enjoy every part of the wild.

4. Cameron Highlands

If you packed a jacket in your bag, you can use them at Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands. In fact, it is one of the few places in Southeast Asia where you will be needing one, particularly at night. At Cameron Highlands, you have plenty of lush scenery and beautiful tea plantations to visit. Strawberry farms, butterfly gardens, and flower greenhouses are all enjoyable distractions in the place.

5. Lego Land

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Lego land

Another tourist attraction that is making a name for Malaysia now is Lego Land. Tourists visit the country to experience this theme park. Lego Land is perfect for visitors who travel with their children. It offers different activities such as Lego Land Express, Boating School, Observation Tower, Lego 4D Studios and Mini Land.

Lego Land
Lego Land

So if you wanna experience how great and diverse Asia is, then come and visit Malaysia -Truly Asia.

Palawan : An Escape to Always Remember

Palawan : An Escape to Always Remember

Palawan has always been included on the best islands in the world for years now and just recently it landed on the second spot behind Boracay island. It’s a dream paradise for locales and foreigners alike. 

Palawan
Palawan

Aside from its famous top of the line white sand beaches and pristine turquoise water, one of the new seven natural wonders of the world is located here The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.
Palawan can be reached by plane and ferries from neighboring cities that is traveling alternately on a daily basis. It will take you an hour and 20 minutes by plane from Metro Manila to Puerto Princesa the capital of Palawan.
So what made Palawan then one of the best islands in the world? One of our family friends who is now living in The Netherlands who recently visited the Beautiful island of Palawan made a 7 minute compilation video of their getaways and escapades in the island.

Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family
Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family

The video has all it takes to prove why Palawan deserves the title and included in the list. Jerry and Lhanie showed in the video everything they experienced even the smallest details that would make Palawan a memorable place to visit. From freshly caught seafoods to snorkeling. From Riding a motorcycle to gliding down thru the longest zip line in the country you will be awe of what you will see on your side, a creator’s masterpiece ,a spectacular sight to behold.

Please click the link below to view the video :

https://www.facebook.com/mrexpatstravel/videos/388958938161748/

Thus, It’s really more fun in the Philippines with its more than 7 thousand islands to choose from, Every tourists won’t be run out of place and adventures for every island has its unique and distinct things to offer.  

Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family
Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family

Just like Jerry and Lhanie Abad and their beautiful daughter Alexa, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this island paradise as much as they did and would keep on coming back to discover more of this haven as each visit would be an escape to always remember.

Best Places to Spend the Holidays with your Kids

Best Places to Spend the Holidays with your Kids

Christmas is the spirit of love and giving. It is the best time to bond with family and friends. Spending the yuletide season with your loved ones can make the occasion even more special.

As they say, this special occasion is for kids. Young people feels excited with gifts from Santa Claus. Some even hang sacks in the door and wait on Christmas Eve for their gift. This day becomes extra meaningful when you see the smile on each kids face.

During the Christmas Season, families choose to go out on a vacation to spend the holiday. If you are planning to celebrate the yuletide season with your kids, here are the best places your children can surely enjoy.

1. Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
Proclaimed as the official hometown of Santa Claus, your kids will truly enjoy their meet and greet with Santa at Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. In Santa Claus Village, your kids can have a quality time with Santa and the reindeers. They can also stay in an igloo and catch the northern lights. Parents do not have to worry because these glass igloos are made with decent insulation, heated floor and a bathroom, which is very important for kids. Your children can also try sliding down the ice in Snowman World.

Lapland, Finland
Lapland, Finland

2. Zell am See, Austria
If your family is planning to have a white Christmas, Zell am See is the perfect place for all of you. Kids will surely be amazed with the huge Christmas tree in the area. Let your children meet Saint Nicholas at the Christmas market. During this season, Saint Nicholas gives away small toy for kids with good behavior. Kids can also meet Krampus (known as Perchten). He is under the control of Saint Nicholas and is a beastly character covered with fur with a large demonic mask carved from wood. Krampus frighten kids during Christmas by carrying a whip, rattling chains and a bell. He gives naughty children wooden stick.

Zell am See also offers skiing, where you and your kids can learn together.

Austria
Austria

3. New York, New York
The city is well known for its colorful lights and spectacular decorations during the Christmas Season. Christmas windows have always been a big event in New York. There are sponsored windows with the new release movies or classic characters and choreographed to music, where you can have a free entertainment for your kids. Check out the biggest Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center adorned with 45,000 LED lights. Kids can also enjoy skating and gliding at the open air of Rockefeller Center.

New York
New York

4. Disney World, Orlando
Your kids will surely have a great time spending the Christmas Season in the Magic Kingdom of Disney World. Let them enjoy Mickey Mouse’ Merry Christmas Party and holiday sleigh rides.

Disney World, Orlando
Disney World, Orlando

5. Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Who said Christmas is only about lights and decors? If you want to go out of the traditional celebration, your family can spend the holiday season at Jervis Bay. Enjoy the waves at many pristine beaches in Booderee National Park or snorkel in the crystal clear water where kids can see the protected coves and abundant marine life in the waters. Your family can also take a dolphin-watching cruise and spot the other diverse marine life in the area like penguins, seals, seabirds and migratory whales.

New South Wales
New South Wales

6. Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Let your kids enjoy a guided tour along Seal Bay and walk on the beach where they can see beautiful uninhibited creatures lazing on the white sand. Your family can also try some adventure and climb remarkable rock collections in the area. Your children can clamber over the different shaped rocks and enjoy the views of the ocean below. Ask your kids to look out for animals in the protected National Park.

Right Snacks to Pack For Your Flight

Right Snacks to Pack For Your Flight

I am sure some of us experienced standing there in the airport, searching for the perfect snack to have before the flight.

Of course, you can find something to eat since there are convenience store and even restaurants inside the airport. Yes, they are reasonable until you check the price. They are twice or sometimes thrice more expensive than the usual price in the grocery. Therefore, you might have to think twice whether it is worth your peso. What is worst is that most of the time, the foods are not as delicious as what you expect.

You can skip this agony by knowing the right snacks to bring in the airport. However, the big question is can you bring food in the plane? The answer is a big yes. If you do not want to get hungry during your long flight then you might need to carry snacks with you. You might not be able to bring your favorite canned juice with you since the security will not allow them but you can bring chips, sandwiches, fruits and crackers with you. The food that you are going to bring depends on your taste. Not only you can save money from the expensive items in the airport, you can also save your stomach from getting hungry. Moreover, you have the assurance that what you are eating is clean and healthy.

Before getting too overwhelmed about the idea of bringing your own food in the plane, you might want to consider this first.

▪ Do not bring liquids like juice
▪ Do not pack items like pudding, gel packs, and yogurt
▪ Avoid overly smelly or noisy to eat food, which includes tuna or dried fish and nuts like pistachios
▪ Remember to pack food that is good at room temperature

Having that mentioned, here is a simple list of the snacks you can bring on the plane.

1. Dried Fruits

They are easy to eat yet very nutritious snacks. Dried fruits are easy to pack since they come in pouch so all you need to do is to put them inside your bag.

2. Crackers

They are expensive if you buy them inside the airport but they are very affordable in grocery stores. Crackers can surely save your stomach from the hungry feeling. You can just put them in zip lock and that is it. You do not have to worry because crackers last for days and in room temperature.

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If you do not feel hungry and just want to eat something, then you can bring chips. You can enjoy them while enjoying the view or while listening to your favorite music from your iPod. They are expensive in the airport store so it is advisable to bring your own. Just like crackers, chips can also last for days and does not require cold temperature.

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To make sure you are eating healthy, try to bring sliced fruits. However, you must place it inside a sealed container to avoid leaks. You also need to consider the temperature since some fruits get rotten easily.

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To add a little sweetness on your travel, you might want to bring chocolate with you. Well, it is everyone’s favorite. Make sure you have one in your bag so you will not have a problem when you crave for one. Aside from chocolate, you can also bring some sweets like candies, chocolate biscuit or cookies.

Avoid spending too much money from unnecessary items. Be sure to bring what you want and pack it right. Enjoy your flight by having the perfect food with you.

Best Christmas Destinations in the Philippines

Best Christmas Destinations in the Philippines

The Philippines is a country well known for its long Christmas celebration.

Filipinos have the tradition of the so-called “BER months” wherein September marks the long celebration of Christmas Season. The country literally transforms into a spectacular place of lights and sounds where Christmas decorations are all over the street. You will be amazed of the decors you can find in every house. You can hear Christmas carols everywhere. What makes it more exciting are the famous Bibingka and Puto Bumbong.

Love is also all over during this season. Families gather together to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Some choose to stay home for Noche Buena while others go to different beautiful places in the country. More than any other celebration, what matters most during this season is the bond of each family.

If you are planning to have an extraordinary Christmas season this year with your family, then here are just some of the beautiful places you can visit.

1. San Fernando, Pampanga

Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival

You will surely be amazed with the lights and sounds, which you can see in every corner of the city, which is also the Lantern Capital of the Philippines. If you are asking for more, then you can visit the city during its annual lantern festival. This event exhibits massive lanterns, which will make you dance to sounds and lights. The place is perfect for sightseeing, not to mention the cold breeze of the wind during the season. Your family can surely enjoy the beautiful lights of the city.

2. Baguio City

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Well, it does not snow in the Philippines. Everyone knows that but if you want to wear your jackets and boots then Baguio city is the perfect place for you. The city is popular for its cold weather. In fact, it is the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”. Enjoy the cold weather with your family while roaming around the city. Baguio has many tourist destinations to offer. Mines View and Burnham Park are just some to mention. You can also visit night markets where you can find affordable items. Do not forget to try their popular products like peanut brittle and strawberry.

3. Zambales

Anawangin Cove Zambales
Anawangin Cove Zambales

If you want to move out from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and want to do something extraordinary then you can visit the province of Zambales. I am sure you will have a celebration out of the usual in this place. Your family can go to the beautiful beaches of the province and enjoy the peaceful surrounding. Camp with your family beside the beach and celebrate Noche Buena.       

4. Cebu

Cebu
Cebu

When it comes to tourist spots, the Queen City of the South surely has a lot to offer. Cebu City is popular for its historical churches, which are perfect to visit with your family during the Christmas Season. The City is not only known for its truly amazing sceneries, it also offers unique and delicious foods you and your family can surely enjoy.

5. Palawan

Amanpulo, Palawan
 Palawan

No doubt, this place will be on the list. In fact, Palawan is a great escape during holiday seasons. Not only ordinary people visit the place but as well as celebrities do. It is a place away from the noisy sound of the city. Palawan is a perfect place to visit with your family. It is popular for its beautiful beaches where you can enjoy different activities. You can also celebrate Noche Buena in the popular restaurants in the place.

6. Misamis Occidental

Christmas Symbols
Christmas Symbols

This province may not be as popular compare to the other mentioned above but you will definitely love the place especially if you are more inclined to Mother Nature. The Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines is located here. If you love spending your Noche Buena  thousand feet above sea level you can experience it here and staring at the dark night sky lit by thousand of stars while waiting for fireworks display  in the city .

More than the celebrations, we must always remember the true spirit of Christmas, giving and sharing. Let us also do not forget to give thanks for all the blessings we received.

Misamis Occidental : A Breathtaking Countryside

Misamis Occidental : A Breathtaking Countryside

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In my years of living abroad there had been no time that i forgot my hometown. A place where I grew up and molded me to become the best person that I can be. It is where I find solitude and serenity by simply walking along the countryside of this magnificent province. 

Misamis Occidental is a province situated in the northern part of Mindanao. Oroquieta City is the capital and Ozamis City is the business hub of the province because it is where the airport located and mostly business establishments are there. It’s just an hour and 15 minutes away by plane from Metro Manila and there are two flights daily either by CebuPac or PAL.
As a person it is important not to take for granted the place that saw all your endeavors and achievements in life. As the famous line ” ang Hindi marunong lumingon ay di makakarating sa kanyang paroroonan” so it is with great pride and honor to take you to a place that will make you fall in love again.

Taboc Hanging Bridge
Taboc Hanging Bridge
City Plaza
City Plaza

First, Oroquieta City, my birth place. It’s just an hour away from the airport by land travel. If you love Mother Nature then this is the best place for you. Upon reaching the City, it won’t be hard to find a place to stay coz there are cheap yet nice hotels around the area. One famous destination in the city is their Boulevard or “the city plaza” as the locals call it. The Boulevard is facing the sea and the best spot to experience the best sunrise you’ll ever witness. A breathe of fresh and crisp air, sound of the waves that rushing thru the shores and a peaceful surrounding will make everyone’s soul ameliorate from stress. Taboc Hanging Bridge is another spot that you shouldn’t missed when you’re in the city. The bridge is made up of woods and been there for decades and still stand thru the test of time.

Sunrise Beach
Sunrise Beach
The Cove
The Cove

Next is the Municipality of Baliangao. The place is famous for its white powdery sand beaches, fresh seafoods and fruits. The beaches here are untouched and clean. It’s a haven for couples or even those singles who just want to have a private moments in their life as the place is quiet and placid. And try their freshly catch seafoods and fresh fruits lined on the street in a very cheap price.

Christmas Symbols
Christmas Symbols
Hoyohoy highland Park
Hoyohoy highland Park

And then visit The Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines, Tangub City. As the tag line itself i need not explain to you what the City is famous of. The tradition usually starts on the 1st of December until first week of January. Every year the City has different themes for its symbols. Afterwards you can visit Hoyohoy highland Park. It is believe to be the highest and the longest zip line in Asia. Whilst in the Park you can try horseback riding or simply staring at the sea of clouds that are covering some parts of the Province.

Dolphin Rescue Center
Dolphin Rescue Center

In the Municipality of Sinacaban where MOAP is located that stands as Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park. The Park is also a sanctuary for different and some endangered species that can only be found in the Philippines. Another thing that the Park is famous of is the Dolphin Rescue center where you can have the chance to feed some rescued dolphins and turtles and can even play with them. A motorboat or bangka will take you to the island coz it is situated in the middle of the sea, a manmade island.

Baga Falls
Baga Falls

Meanwhile in the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga where you can find the hidden waterfalls known Baga Falls believe to be homed of some fairies because of its stunning beauty and calm place. On the highest peak of the area prepared to be taken away of the view of the whole municipality, it’s simply amazing and indescribable.
And if you are hungry and looking for some native and sweet delicacies then the Municipality of Clarin will satisfy your cravings. It is where you can find the best delicacies in a very reasonable price.

St John the Baptist
St John the Baptist

And for the historically inclined and buffs people you must visit Jimenez for it’s also named as the little Vigan in the Province where you can glimpse a touched of Spanish inspired houses and the oldest church is also located there St. John the Baptist and declared as one of the national treasures by the NCCA. Or visit Ozamis Cotta and behold this old Spanish Fort after which you can drop by at the miraculous “Birhen ng Cotta”.

Ozamis Cotta
Ozamis Cotta

These are just a few of what the Province of Misamis Occidental has to offer to its visitors. I’ve already fall in love with the place and will never be tired of loving this beautiful place. I hope you will include this on your next travel adventures and experience a different kind of hospitality that you can only find here.

Abu Dhabi : Be Fascinated with Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld

Abu Dhabi : Be Fascinated with Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld

Abu Dhabi constitutes one of the seven Emirates and the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It’s just almost 2 hours away drive from Dubai by public bus which will cost you like 20 dirhams because up to this writing there has been no train yet that will take you to Abu Dhabi from Dubai. The biggest oil reserves in the country is said to be located here. Aside from petroleum Abu Dhabi is trying their best to become an International Aviation Hub like that of Dubai by putting extra effort to make its flag carrier Etihad Airways one of the bests or be the best Airline in the future.

Aside from other tourist destinations that Abu Dhabi can offer to its visitors like the Emirates Palace and the Grand Mosque. There are two attractions that I’ve been to that would make your Abu Dhabi escapades a memorable one and that when you heard the place Abu Dhabi these two theme parks will come to your mind first.

Ferrari World
Ferrari World

The first theme park that opened its Door to tourists and locales last November of 2010 is the ever famous Ferrari World. Ferrari World is said to be the First and Only Ferrari theme Park in the world and has the record of the largest space frame built. Formula Rossa which is still the holder of the fastest roller coaster ever built is a ride of your life that no one should ever missed. You may be terrified by the looks of it’s loop much more of its speed when it started to maneuver but there’s a feeling of fulfillment when you finished the course of the rides. It’s unexplainable.

Fiorano Duo Challenge
Fiorano Duo Challenge

But if you don’t want to torture your mind and heart with Formula Rossa, you can try Fiorano GT Challenge it’s a duel roller coaster but a bit slower than Rossa but the adrenaline rush is still present. The park has also rides available for children when you’re bringing them with you. Thus the park is not only made available for adults but for the entire Family.
My Ferrari World Adventure was just one of the best memories I had in Abu Dhabi. It is something I’m looking forward to experience it once again as I heard that the Park is adding new attractions that will make you enjoy your visit there. The Park ,by any means, has a lot to offer aside from those two being mentioned it’s just that those two were the first to popped out in my mind when I say Ferrari World but rest assured that the other attractions were fair enough to give it a try and equivalent hair raising experience.

Speed of Magic
Speed of Magic

Speed of magic too is something to watch out for and it will let you experience a 4D thrill like you’ve never done before. And the ticket price for a day access is 360 dirhams per person.

Yas Waterworld
Yas Waterworld

Another attraction that is just beside Ferrari World is the mega waterpark Yas Waterworld. Anyway both attractions are located in Yas Island. Yas Waterworld offers different kinds of rides and some of which are said to be one of its kind. Having said that because 5 of which can only be found in Yas and you won’t experience it in other water theme parks.
Bandit bomber is one attraction that you should not missed. Actually it’s a suspended roller coaster with water onboard that you can splash to all those people below and the ride itself was pretty exciting.

Dawwama
Dawwama

Me and my friends enjoyed so much with Dawwama. It’s a 20 meter like funnel tube where you and your friends ride in one raft upon release you will be twisted down like you’re inside a tornado. The ride was intoxicating though.

Nurses @ Yas Waterworld
Nurses @ Yas Waterworld

For the Price of 325 dirhams you will have the chance to ride all 40 plus rides but I doubt one day would be enough unless you will be there earlier as possible.
These two attraction promise to give you the most exciting ride of your life. A kind of ride that is worth keeping for. Its something no one would want not to come back to experience it once again coz every now and then they are adding new and exciting rides that is nowhere to be found but only in these theme parks.

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